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70NBT meets crow

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Unread 08-07-2012, 07:26 PM
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Re: 70NBT meets crow

Hey man, howzit going? Haven't seen you on here much, where ya been? I hope mine never needs re-barreling cause it shoots like a dream. This rifle still amazes and thrills me with the accuracy it produces. If/when I have to spin another tube on, think I'll go .243 AI with 8 twist.


"I'll just have to get another bid in the glass and see what happens"

That's the spirit! Let us know what happens please.

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Unread 08-08-2012, 04:44 AM
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Re: 70NBT meets crow

The thread is an old,one, but I'm new here, so I colud not reply earlier.

I am usung a Sako 85 Varmint in 243 for crow shooting.
My average distance is around 200m (equals some 220 yards)
My best hit was 329m distance. My scope is a Swarovski Z5 in 5-25x52 with Ballistic tower. The presettings on the BT are 200, 250 and 300meters

I use 70g bullets (v-max) in handloaded cartriges. They are very accurate in my gun.
Vo is 1050m/ sec.

Crows do not look great after they are hit with that combination.
Depending where the bullet entes, they somerimes desinigrate in two pieces.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 10:51 AM
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Re: 70NBT meets crow

Thats what I'm looking for.. My next shot I'll try and take it center mass in the chest
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Unread 08-09-2012, 03:29 PM
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Re: 70NBT meets crow

I use the ballistic calculator from Swarovski (internet version) to preset my BT on the scope.
Distance is measured with a laser range finder pre shooting.
Vo was measured 3 meters past the muzzle.
The rest was calculated according bullet weight and BC with the Swarovski ballistic calculator. The reality check on 300m distance showed an variance in real life with less than 1 inch in height.

The gun I use is a "out of the box" version. We were checking various bullets and powders to get best shooting results. 70 grain bullets provided best results.

Ths 243 is perfect for roe deer hunting as well, but for deer I use harder bullets than for varmints.

Previous to the 243 I used a 222rem for crows but that caliber is limited to appx. 200yards.

(I hope I use the right terms. I'm not a native speaker, so there may be some mistakes in my text)
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